Danish energy giant Dong Energy has extended a crew transfer vessel contract with CWind for its offshore wind farm project.

The contract has been a three year contract and now Dong Energy has extended it by another two years.

With this contract, CWind will provide extended crew transfer services to Dong Energy at the West of Duddon Sands Offshore Wind Farm in the Irish Sea.

CWind will provide vessels for operations and maintenance (O&M) to the 108 turbine West of Duddon Sands Offshore Wind Farm, including a summer campaign to make sure that the site remains operational during the summer.

CWind managing director Lee Andrews said: “This extension to our contract with DONG Energy is a fantastic achievement that reflects the great service we consistently deliver to customers. Winning a contract from a paper-based submission, as we did three years ago, is one thing, but securing an extension demonstrates our actual on-site performance levels and customer satisfaction.

“We have delivered on service and exceeded expectations in many areas, and we are determined to do the same over the next two years, relying on our can-do attitude and resourceful approach.”

West of Duddon Sands Operations head Steven Clarke said: “The turbines at West of Duddon Sands, which produce enough clean electricity to power up to 340,000 homes each year, are maintained by hard-working technicians journeying out to sea each day.

“The crew vessels CWind have provided over the last three years have had a high utilisation factor and we very much look forward to continuing our work together.”

According to the UK-based offshore services provider, it has dedicated three of its 18-strong fleet of Crew Transfer Vessels (CTVs) for the project, comprising a pair of 19m resin infused multi-purpose catamarans (MPCs) and one small water plane area twin hull (SWATH) vessel. The lightweight composite construction of the CTVs are claimed to deliver fuel efficiencies and significant CO2 emission reductions. 

Image: CWind receives two-year extension of crew transfer vehicle services for Dong Energy. Photo: Courtesy of CWind Ltd.